Regular Reflection Keeps You Refreshed!

You know, a coach was telling me about a meeting he had with someone who was uncoachable.

The person wasn’t doing so well with their business and was carrying high debt.

They wanted to be coached…but they still wanted to do things in their business “Their way”.

On further questioning, the coach discovered the person had never done any reflection on their performance or taken responsibility for the way things went in their business.

As far as they were concerned, everything that didn’t go the way they wanted, was someone else’s fault…circumstances or just plain bad luck.  They spent a lot of time blaming.

It hit me hard hearing that.

When you don’t take responsibility, when you are blaming everyone else, when you give your power away to circumstances – you are probably not reflecting.  You are probably not asking yourself the hard questions.  You are probably stuck in ego!

Reflection is like cleaning your teeth.

If you clean your teeth morning and night, your mouth is fresh, your gums healthy and everything works well.

If you don’t clean your teeth for a week, your breath starts to smell and your gums start to swell.

…if you don’t clean your teeth for a month, you start experiencing pain when you eat and your gums are suffering.

…if you keep going like this, your teeth will fall out, your body will be constantly fighting infections and your quality of life descends to a new low.

That’s why I like to reflect regularly.

I don’t want to be the slave of my ego – ignoring reality in the service of propping up my ego.

So, make it your new habit.

Reflect on your daily activities – what did I do well…and what needs to improve?

Reflect upon your goals – what will be the pleasurable end results?  What do you need to focus on?  What actions do you need to take?

Reflect upon the year you’ve just lived…and on the year you intend to live in the next 12 months.

…it’s just like cleaning your teeth!


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Digital Disruption @ mid-2017

It’s here, it’s picking up pace and leaving the past behind in it’s wakeIt's already happened..

Bricks and mortar retail is slowly dying, Uber is growing, AirB&B is being embraced…

Everyone’s way of making a living is under threat…

…and yet there are still people saying that things won’t change…

…but our accepted ways of doing things are being shaken to the core.

Here’s the results from a Price Waterhouse survey.

and here’s how even buying a Harley has AI in the background, calling the shots.

…and if you think phishing and spear phishing is what you do on beach holidays, then check out what Cyber Criminals can do…and what you can do to protect yourself.

There’s no Machine University (yet), but here’s how machine learning helps companies sell you more…and more often.

Better educate yourself now, so you can understand what’s going on and make some changes yourself.

You see, the winners of today…are the failures of yesterday.  Check out Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba:

You know, you really need to get your head around this.

It’s So Easy to Lose Your Mojo…

…especially when you are doing your BEST work!

There’s something about your Best Work that Picture1is inherently out of your control.

What I’m talking about is when you hit the genius level… (as Elizabeth Gilbert so eloquently describes in her TED talk – worth watching! – Skip the Ad at the front end)

You know, that rarified atmosphere where your work lifts way beyond what you have ever achieved before, where your results and outputs lift and keep lifting…

You end up with the thoughts: “Did I really do that?  How did I do that??….how could I do that?”

The truth is, most brilliant and creative people report that when they do their best work…it’s like they are not even doing anything – some even report that they are looking down on themselves doing what they are doing…so it appears, that this state of high performance, involves some levelling of your ego – because your ego knows it couldn’t possibly do what you have just done.

You can see why some artists are so humble…and why some others are such horror shows to work with.

Their Mojo is what get’s the job done…not their ego.

And so it is with you.

When you hit the heights you’ve never hit before…that’s when you know you have a mojo.

When you try to do it again…that’s when you realise your mojo has a mind of it’s own.

Maybe it is just like what Elizabeth Gilbert and Tom Waits say: “When your mojo is on – it’s on…when it’s off…it’s off.”

Maybe it’s like what they say in the bible about the path getting narrower and narrower the further you progress upon it.

Maybe if you can align your purpose with what the mojo wants to manifest, then you have half a chance of it descending once again to lift your game way beyond your expectations…

Let me know what you think…


Claudia Batten – Kiwi Hero!

Claudia Batten is a nice Kiwi girl, whose role is the New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Regional Director for North America, supporting New Zealand businesses as they grow internationallyClaudia-Batten into the market.

She oversees key relationships across the US, Canada and Mexico, and is responsible for operations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington DC, Vancouver and Mexico City.

Claudia has spent over 15 years in the technology sector and was part of the founding team of Massive, a first of its kind network for advertising in video games which was sold to Microsoft in 2006.

In 2009, she co-founded Victors & Spoils, the first advertising agency built on the principles of crowdsourcing. French company Havas bought a majority interest in the agency in 2012. In 2014 Claudia co-founded Broadli to redefine how we use digital connectivity to power networking.

She has this amazing concept called “Squiggles” and I really like this quote of hers describing what I call the Iterative Process”:

“A series of mistakes that helps us figure out how to make it all work”

…and another quote from one of her professors that describes the process of scaling up, where he says: “Its just like when you are drunk, you are at your front door and you try to put your key in the door…and you miss…”

“It’s the constant re-calibration to make the key fit into the keyhole”


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Words you should know about- that will Help you Approach your Future…

New Zealander Claudia Batten’s talk in the Antarctic this year was a stunner.

It brought together Peter Diamendis’s “Six D’s of Disruption”, Agile and Lean methodologies and the individualised discipline of Scaling Up.…(this is another Claudia Batten Audio Interview starting at 14 minutes in the interview)

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It’s the reason I started Exponentials Downunder, 16 months ago, out of seeing all of this coming after reading “Exponential Organisations” and hearing what the Singularity University was all about.

This is what we face now, we have already started down this track…and most of us don’t even know what’s going on.

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Maybe that’s how it should be.

…but I’m sure glad I know about it, moving forward.

I’m moving back to New Zealand soon, looking to support people who will be creating the employment opportunities of the future.

If you want to get a better handle on what is coming, please watch the videos and listen to the podcasts on this post.  It might just give you some ideas!


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Maori Tech Sector Success Story

Grant StrakerFrom high-school dropout, to paratrooper, then a chief executive reinventing the $40 billion translation industry, Grant Straker’s journey to the business world has been anything but conventional.

And, with the NZ culture of “I can pick up anything – I’ll figure it out”, Grant’s tale is an inspiration for anyone wanting to achieve something extraordinGrant Straker 2ary.

Most of the big successful innovations and Blue Ocean king hits come from blokes in a garage, working on a shoestring and bending number 8 wire, not men in white overcoats, backed up with big budgets and well resourced laboratories.

So, whadaya have to lose?  C’mon – give it a go!

Here’s a man who comes up through his culture, the armed forces and a return to NZ, not knowing what to do…and comes up with an amazing innovation that he drives with relentless focus building his dream with his eyes wide open.

Check out his NZ Herald video.


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It’s been a while Kevin…

You gave me so much, so freely, without thought of repayment.Kevin

You spared me not my limitations – you told me the truth.

You highlighted my strengths – even shared them with others, recommending me for their projects.

You looked out for me, helped me when I came back to see my mum out…

Kevin Lohan, you were my mentor…but I’m still standing on your shoulders, still benefiting from your gifts.

You are gone now, but not forgotten.